Tuesday, March 2, 2021


FNM Pressures Davis to Acknowledge Women Suffered at the Hands of Nygard

The Free National Movement, like many people, is awaiting the opposition’s acknowledgment of its connection to Canadian Fashion Mogul Peter Nygard, who is awaiting trial for alleged sexual assaults against women and underage girls at his Bahamas estate, Nygard Cay.

In a press statement following the PLP’s accusations that the FNM is using Facebook advertisements to attack its credibility, the FNM said, “Davis has a moral obligation to come clean and acknowledge the pain and suffering these women say his top donor caused to so many. Until Davis does, he leaves many Bahamians to wonder who he looks out for, other than himself.”

Why it matters

Jane Doe No. 1 was 14 years old when she says Peter Nygard raped her in 2015. (John Badcock/CBC)
Jane Doe No. 1 tells CBC News, she was 14 years old when Peter Nygard raped her in 2015. (John Badcock/CBC)

A four-part docuseries, Unseamly: The Investigation of Peter Nygard, on Discovery+ recently aired internationally, examining Nygard’s rise to power while highlighting interviews with Peter Nygard’s alleged victims and former employees who reveal dreadful stories about him. One person testified that Nygard collected passports, locked them in rooms with codes, to prevent them from leaving the estate. Watch this link to hear Jane Doe No. 3 describe what happens when she met Peter Nygard when she was 15 years old:

The big picture

Nygard is known as a close friend of the PLP, donating millions of dollars to the party during its time in office in 2012. In fact, a video circulated showing former Labour and National Insurance Minister Shane Gibson receiving payments from Nygard which totaled $94,131.10 over an 18-month period.

Nygard’s former videographer Stephen Feralio captures Peter Nygard talking about Perry Christie winning the 2012 Bahamian election on a cellphone. Visit this link to hear Nygard’s reaction to the 2012 election:

What the FNM says

“The alleged victims of Nygard’s abuse deserve justice. All Bahamians deserve to know the true details of how the PLP elite turned a blind eye to the conduct of a man U.S. prosecutors described as a callous, sex trafficking billionaire.

“Clearly Davis’ dismissive attitude towards these serious allegations proves he has a lot to learn about true leadership if he ever hopes to earn the trust of the people to lead our country.”

“Sadly, for Davis, it is relevant to Nygard’s alleged victims – some who claim they were basically locked in cages as their predator, lurked around waiting to abuse them. The Bahamian people deserve answers now. And when members of Davis’ own party admit they benefited indirectly from Nygard’s financial largesse to the PLP for their campaigns, even more questions are raised.

What Davis said in the past

At the release of the docuseries, Davis told the Nassau Guardian that the PLP’s relationship with Nygard in the past.

And back in December when  Davis was asked to offer his commentary on Nygard’s behavior while in the country, Davis said, “Peter, what’s his name?” Davis asked.

“My position in respect to what I heard or [have] not heard about him is that I’m more concerned about what this election is going to be about.

“I’m not concerned about a foreign action that has been brought against a foreign person who may have had an incident in the Bahamas.”

Featured Image: (Submitted to CBC by Stephen Feralio, Nygard’s former videographer)

How COVID-19 Is Forcing Doctors to Compromise Their Oath to Heal

The sobering comment by Former Health Minister Duane Sands has set off a public debate mixed with fury and uncertainty.

Sands on a local radio station, Guardian Radio, “The Hitback,” with Nahaja Black, said the heightened case of coronavirus in the country has placed doctors in a position to decide who lives and who dies.

The earnest reality of the pandemic has caused doctors to place patients with other life-threatening diseases like heart disease and cancer on the back burner, causing some to die.

With a high degree of certainty, the former minister said, “I understand the implications of my comment…that is happening now.”

Other countries have done the same

Physicians in the United States of America, Canada, and Italy have already been forced to make such moral decisions.

These countries have larger populations and the unexpected wave of the virus has filled their hospitals beyond capacity. Back in early March, Italy’s health system said there were too many patients for each one to receive adequate care. So, the Italian College of Anesthesia, Analgesia, Resuscitation and Intensive Care (SIAARTI)  published guidelines that doctors should follow as cases worsen.

These patients should be left to die as they place demands on scarce medical resources, according to the document written by a group of medical doctors.

  • Patients that are old
  • Patients with comorbidities
  • Patients who require intensive care

They are guided by the utilitarian approach which stresses the principle, “the greatest good for the largest number,” which would ensure that patients with the highest chance of survival will access intensive care.

Doctors in the Bahamas are reaching that point

When health facilities are full to capacity, physicians are placed in a position where they are unable to manage and provide care for a patient who may need respiratory assistance.

Dr. Nikkiah Forbes, director of the Infectious Disease Programme said she has not personally seen a patient die because of the ability to provide care, but the country is close.

“If we continue beyond capacity, those difficult decisions may have to be made,” she said.

Health workers confirmed that the Bahamas is in a surge and the system is being pushed beyond capacity, emphasizing that the ability to provide care in that environment is challenging.

Canadians Adopt More Than 80 Bahamian Pups

Eighty-two potcakes left the Bahamas for Canada on Sunday to meet their new family.

The Bahamas Humane Society said it was a collaborative effort with animal rescues in the Nassau and Canada.

“Thank you to our incredible pawtners @potcakepuppypalace and @seapawsrescue, the donors and volunteers, and @lenamanolas for coordinating this epic lift.”

Not only were pups adopted but kittens as well. Eight kittens began their lives with their new families.

“Given there are waiting lists in Canada for our Royal Bahamian Potcakes and Potcats, and limited homes across the Bahamas, these airlifts are so important.”

As soon as animal shelters are emptied, they refill with animals in need, as shelters rarely run out of animals in need.

“We are completely saturated with animals in our care, so again thank you to everyone involved. We can’t wait for the next one.

“These rescue missions are hard work, primarily run by volunteers, whose passion and dedication for these animals are remarkable.  We are so, so grateful.”

Featured images: Bahamas Humane Society

Why St Catharine’s College Is Flying the Bahamian Flag

A Bahamian flag is being flown above St. Catharine’s College in the United Kingdom to celebrate its earliest black Bahamian student, Alfred F. Adderly.

As the UK college celebrates Black History Month, the national flag will fly from the college’s flag pole on October 1st and 31st, signifying the start and the end of Black History Month.

The college said following its research project, it found that when Adderley arrived from the Bahamas to study law in 1912, he was the earliest Black member of the college on record.  Adderley graduated and legally trained there. He returned to the Bahamas to practice law.

Who exactly was A.F. Adderly? - Personalities: Alfred Francis Adderley
A.F. Adderley Photo credit: Bahamas Weekly
  • Alfred Francis Adderley was born in Nassau on November 16, 1891.
  • He attended Boys’ Central School and the Nassau Grammar School, Denstone College, Staffordshire, England. He worked in New York City for a year and he entered St. Catherine’s College, Cambridge.
  • He was called to the English Bar in 1919 and was called to the Bahamas Bar in August 1919.
  • In 1923 he was elected to the House of Assembly for Eleuthera and in 1928 he was returned for the Western District.
  • He served for several years as Legal Advisor to The House under Speaker Malcolm.
  • In 1951, He was appointed a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. He also presided as Acting Chief Justice that same year at the October Sessions of the Supreme Court.
  • He fathered the Hon. Paul L. Adderley, former Minister of Finance and Minister of External
    Affairs, Education and Culture and Attorney General.
  • He was chancellor of the Anglican Diocese of Nassau, a member of the Vestry of St. Mary’s Church and a member of the Board of Governors of St. John’s College.

What does St Catharine College say?

Professor Sir Mark Welland, Master of St Catharine’s College, said, “This Black History Month, St Catharine’s College is starting the new academic year by embracing over a century of Black students, staff and Fellows contributing to our academic community. We are rightly proud of our Black history, first recorded in 1912 with Alfred F. Adderley, who contributed so much to life at St Catharine’s and in the Bahamas. I’m delighted that the raising of the Bahamian flag today in his memory launches a programme of activities that will enable us all to reflect and build on these important historical experiences throughout October and beyond.”

The Adderley Prize was established by St Catharine’s. The prize is given each year to recognize St Catharine’s law students for outstanding performance in their exams.

Featured Image: St Catharine’s Website

Canada Police: Bahamian Woman Struck by Train is Suspicious

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it is working with Canadian Police to bring home the remains of a Bahamian woman killed in Canada more than two weeks ago.

The ministry said it is obtaining more information surrounding the death of Judith Taylor.

This comes as the ministry also works with its Honorary Consul in Houston Texas to determine the death of Kani Rahming, who was shot and killed in Texas on Friday night.

What we know about Judith Taylor’s death

  • Her death is ruled suspicious after she was struck by a UP Express train on September 7th
  • According to police officials, a UP Express train was heading east at the location when it struck a woman situated on the rail line.
  • At around 5:50 am Toronto police responded to calls of a woman struck by a train at Weston Road and Black Creek Drive.
  • Judith was pronounced dead at the scene.
  • Police say they are not sure if the incident was intentional or accidental.
  • She lived and worked near Toronto, Canada.
  • The preliminary investigation report will be completed by the end of this week.

How did UP Express respond to the death?

UP Express suspended its services for a period.

Metrolinx spokesperson Anne Marie Aikens tweeted, “Sadly a confirmed fatality,” Metrolinx spokesperson Anne Marie Aikins tweeted on Monday. “Thinking about the family and our crew and all those involved in [the] investigation.”

Ministry of Foreign Affairs response

The Ministry officials in conjunction with the Bahamas High Commission in Ottawa will remain in contact with the family of Ms. Taylor, as well as, Bahamian and Canadian Police, to obtain more information .

The ministry requests that the public keep family and loved ones of the deceased in their prayers during this difficult and tragic time.

90 Bahamian Animals Become Canadian Citizens

87 puppies and 3 cats made their way to Canada on Thursday evening, after abandonment in Nassau.

Potcake Puppy Palace, an animal rescue, saved and housed the animals at its facility before the animals made their way to Canada to be fostered and cared for by families there.

PPP said it was determined to save the lives of the animals, after overcoming “mountains of paperwork” to prepare the animals to leave the Bahamas.

The rescue organization said curfews and lockdowns limited its working hours but it “was able to roll with the punches.”

Photo credit: Potcake Puppy Palace FB